Before My Time is about the ancestry and extended family of my four grandparents: John Samuel Krentz (Indiana/North Dakota), Margreta Tjode Hedwig (Gertie) Buss (North Dakota), Rosmer Pettis Kerr (Pennsylvania/Michigan), and Evelyn Elvina Hauer (Michigan). Archives, Labels (tags), and other links appear at the bottom of the page.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Theron Emmons Sedgwick


Executive Mansion, March 17, 1898.

To the Senate of the United States :

I nominate Theron E. Sedgwick to be postmaster at York, in the county of York and State of Nebraska, in the place of Robert J. Coles, whose commission expires April 11, 1898.

William McKINLEY.
Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America, Fifty-Fifth Congress, from March 15, 1897, to March 3, 1899. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1909 (Part I, p. 655 et al).

The Senate confirmed President McKinley's appointment and Theron E. Sedgwick served as postmaster at York from 1898 until 1907. He'd had quite a varied resume already, including law practice, several public service positions, and newspaper publisher and editor. He was also the supervising editor of the two-volume York County, Nebraska and Its People, Together with a Condensed History of the State.

Theron was a son of Parker Sedgwick and his second wife, Hepsibah Goodwin. He is not to be confused with his uncle, also Theron E. Sedgwick, who was a son of Elijah Sedgwick and Tryphena Parker, my fourth great-grandparents. You can read a little more about Theron and his brother, Samuel Hopkins, Sedgwick at Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska. (When you click on this link, just scroll down a bit from the red print. The Sedgwicks are the first two entries.)

The portrait above, like yesterday's portrait of Samuel H. Sedgwick, appeared in Watkins' History of Nebraska. To read the biographical material which was included in that book, click on the images below to enlarge them:

Samuel Hopkins Sedgwick

Theron Emmons Sedgwick

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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